"There’s A Crisis Unfolding In Florida's Waters. DeSantis Hasn’t Said A Word."

"The GOP governor and presidential candidate has touted his environmental and economic credentials. He’s ignoring an environmental and economic disaster at home."

"Typically, when an environmental and economic disaster strikes a state, its leader takes the time to address the threat, look for solutions, maybe even show up in person.

But as coral reefs throughout the Florida Keys have turned ghost white and perished in recent weeks amid a record-breaking, relentless marine heat wave, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has remained completely silent — at least publicly.

HuffPost was unable to identify a single comment from DeSantis about the crisis, which is forecast to persist for months and threatens to devastate not only the remaining corals in the Keys but also the region’s tourism-based economy. A spokesperson for DeSantis did not respond to a request for comment Friday, instead forwarding HuffPost’s questions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection."

Chris D'Angelo reports for HuffPost August 4, 2023.

Source: HuffPost, 08/07/2023